When Kentucky county clerk, Kim Davis, was released from jail Tuesday where she spent a week after being held in contempt of court for not issuing marriage licenses to same sex couples, she was greeted with massive support while “Eye of the Tiger” played in the background.
But the situation took a new turn when Jim Peterik, the co-founder of the band, said he does not appreciate Davis’ actions. He took to Twitter to say, “I have not authorized the use of ‘Eye of the Tiger’ for use by Kim Davis, and my publisher will issue a [cease and desist.] This does not reflect my views.”
The band is considering filing a lawsuit.
Frankie Sullivan, co-writer of “Eye of the Tiger,” said he did not approve the use of the song.
“NO! We did not grant Kim Davis any rights to use ‘My Tune -The Eye Of The Tiger,’” Sullivan wrote on Facebook. “I would not grant her the rights to use Charmin! C’mom Mike, you are not The Donald but you can do better than that – See Ya really SoooooooonnnnnnN!!!!!!…”
Meanwhile, Davis will return to work in Rowan County on Monday. In a statement, Liberty Counsel, which represents Davis, said that she spent the following day going through letters written by her supporters during the time she was in jail. Davis, who claims to be an Apostolic Christian, denied issuing marriage licenses to same sex couples, citing “God’s word” and saying that it is against her religious beliefs. She was ordered to be taken in custody by U.S. District Judge David Bunning last Thursday.
As reported by ABC News, she said, “I am deeply moved by all those who prayed for me. All I can say is that I am amazed and very grateful. I am enjoying spending time with my husband, my family, and my three dogs. I have also been spending time reading boxes of letters expressing support and prayers from people around the country.”
Following Davis’ arrest, her deputies were ordered to resume issuing same sex marriage licenses; five of six of her deputies agreed to comply with the order, with her son being the lone exception. Gay couples who arrived at the courthouse Friday were able to obtain marriage licenses.
“After remanding Defendant Davis to the custody of the U.S. Marshal, five of her six deputy clerks stated under oath that they would comply with the Court’s Order and issue marriage licenses to all legally eligible couples,” Bunning said.
Following her release, Davis said, “I love God, love people, and love my work. I hope we will continue to respect these values and that America remains a place where all three can live in harmony.”
Davis received support from former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee, who said that the issue will be empirical in the 2016 elections. He further said that he had not expected Davis to lay her arms down, and that he was “ready to go” to jail “in her place.”
“I think the most important issue in the presidential election is: What do we believe the Constitution teaches about the separation of powers, the distribution of powers?” Huckabee said, according to CNN.
“She’s made it very clear, as has her attorney yesterday when we had the press conference, that she does not plan to violate her conscience,” he added. “She’s not going to surrender and give up her basic First Amendment rights, which by the way are expressly clear in the Constitution, nothing in the Constitution says there’s any interest in marriage, but there is absolutely interest in protecting peoples right to religious liberty.”
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